Mission: To reduce and ultimately eliminate the cancer inequities experienced by blacks and Hispanics by addressing the social determinants that underline behavioral cancer risk factors.
The UHAND cores, Administrative, Pilot Research Program, and Education Program, work together to achieve the following:
1. Develop a research and educational partnership between the University of Houston, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Houston community to stimulate collaborative cancer disparities research related to tobacco use, poor diet, and physical inactivity among blacks and Hispanics.
2. Support the development of Early Stage Investigators through a rigorous pilot research program.
3. Increase the number of underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students and faculty engaged in cancer disparities research by providing them with research training, mentoring, and service learning experiences.
4. Develop a robust community outreach program focused on engaging community members in cancer disparities education, research, and clinical trials.
Through educational, outreach, and research initiatives, UHAND is well positioned to understand and improve the health of blacks and Hispanics in Houston and prepare a cadre of diverse scholars to enter the workforce with interdisciplinary training to address the social determinants of health.